Manchester United Could Hijack Real Madrid’s Transfer Target Paris Saint-Germain Star Kylian Mbappe

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Manchester United is reportedly looking to trump Real Madrid to the signing of Paris Saint Germain star Kylian Mbappe. The Sun further reported that Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez is obsessed with getting the Frenchman for their team.As per the report, Real Madrid have, in all probability, devised a transfer strategy to secure the signing of Mbappe. However, they are willing to wait till 2021 to sign the World Cup winner, with just a year remaining on his contract then. The Spanish team had used a similar strategy to bring in Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard one after the other in consecutive summers. However, now reports are emerging that Madrid could be beaten to the acquisition by a number of teams, including Manchester United.The report states that TV pundit and Manchester United legend Gary Neville has asked Ole Gunnar Solskjær to do everything possible to bring Mbappe to Old Trafford.What makes it more interesting is the fact that Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus are reportedly interested in acquiring Mbappe as well. Thus, Real Madrid may have to shell out big bucks to actually get Mbappe for next summer.Furthermore, Barcelona too are said to be in the hunt for the Frenchman as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.Notably, Mbappe is in his third season at PSG following a USD 155 million move from Monaco and has already bagged three Ligue 1 titles as well as a World Cup with France. Florentino PerezKylian MbappeManchester UnitedParis Saint-Germain First Published: October 17, 2019, 5:16 PM ISTlast_img read more

Here is How Experts Reacted to Jose Mourinho’s Appointment as Tottenham Hotspur Manager

first_img TOTTENHAM MP DAVID LAMMY ON TWITTER Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Tottenham Hotspur named Jose Mourinho as their new manager on Wednesday, replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino.Here is how the football fraternity in England reacted to the return of the Portuguese to management: SPURS GREAT PAUL GASCOIGNE”Mourinho is a unbelievable manager, if I was a Tottenham player I would be delighted knowing he was coming in. I don’t think it’ll take him long to win round the dressing room. If I was a player I’d look at what he’s won, the emotions that he incites in players … he’s a manager I’d play for. “Tottenham is only about four square miles large, we will struggle to contain Mourinho’s ego which is bigger than even our new stadium.”FORMER LIVERPOOL CAPTAIN GRAEME SOUNESS”Mourinho is a perfect fit for them. Spurs are genuinely a big club and they need someone who can turn what is perceived to be attacking, attractive football into a slightly more pragmatic approach that will put some silverware in the boardroom.”FORMER ENGLAND STRIKER ALAN SHEARER”Mourinho has been waiting for a big job and now has got one. He has big boots to fill to try and better what Pochettino has done. The Argentine may not have won a trophy (but) the way Pochettino delivered his football and that Champions League final was special and will live with Spurs fans for many years.”FORMER CHELSEA AND SPURS STRIKER EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN”I’ve great respect for the man, he took us to another level at Chelsea. It is a big challenge … moving into that top level is hard, but Tottenham should always be challenging the top four.”FORMER SPURS SKIPPER GARY MABBUTT”I was one of the managers of one of the teams competing in an exhibition match when they were testing out the new stadium in March. Jose was part of the coaching staff looking after an Inter Milan XI. He was great throughout the day and afterwards he came to me and said how much this club is moving forward, how fantastic this stadium is. He was clearly very impressed.”FORMER SPURS MIDFIELDER JAMIE REDKNAPP”Mourinho is a left-field appointment for Levy but if you want a winner – and Spurs have not won a trophy for a long time – Mourinho is your man.” jose mourinhomanagermauricio pochettinoTottenham Hotspur First Published: November 20, 2019, 6:27 PM ISTlast_img read more

After PAOK, CSKA Moscow beat also Aris

first_imgTwo days after beating PAOK, CSKA Moscow in one more pre-season game held in Thessaloniki, Greece, prevailed over Aris (77-66) at “Nick Galis Hall”.Despite the fact that Aris is the most vocal club of the FIBA Champions League, they also honored coach Dimitris Itoudis and CSKA Moscow’s captain Victor Khryapa for winning the Euroleague, while 4.500 fans were in the stands.The game was decided the last period, as Aris held its ground until the end of the third period with CSKA Moscow leading just by four. However after that it was time for Nando De Colo (19 p.), Milos Teodosic (8 p., 12 as.) and Vitaly Fridzon (15 p.) to decide the outcome. Eric Buckner was the top scorer of Aris with 14 points.Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

US, China in APEC cruise ship clash on trade, influence

first_imgPort Moresby, Nov 17 (AFP) China and the US crossed swords Saturday ahead of an APEC summit, duelling over protectionism, trade tariffs and “chequebook diplomacy” as they laid out sharply contrasting visions for the Pacific Rim region.In combative back-to-back speeches at a business forum held on a hulking cruise ship moored in Port Moresby, Xi Jinping and US Vice President Mike Pence pulled few punches.The feisty exchanges laid the ground for what could be a fiery encounter between the Chinese leader and President Donald Trump at next month’s G20 in Argentina.Xi lashed out at “America First” trade protectionism and stressed that global trade rules should not be applied “with double standards or selfish agendas” — in a thinly veiled swipe at Washington.The world’s top two economies have been embroiled in a spiralling trade war, imposing tit-for-tat tariffs on each other’s goods in a confrontation experts warn could torpedo the global economy.Xi urged the world to “say no to protectionism and unilateralism”, warning it was a “short-sighted approach” that was “doomed to failure”.For his part, Pence vowed US tariffs would remain in place unless Beijing “changes its ways”.”We’ve put tariffs on USD 250 billion in Chinese goods and that number could more than double,” he told CEOs from around the region.Amid fears diplomatic and trade friction could spill over into the military sphere, Pence announced the US would join forces with Australia in the development of a new naval base.And in a move likely to irritate Beijing, he also briefly met Taiwan’s APEC representative.advertisementTrump decided to skip the summit in Papua New Guinea, leaving the door open for Xi, who arrived two days earlier for a state visit and has been the undoubted star of the show.Xi opened a new road and a school in Port Moresby, where he was serenaded by dozens of people from various tribes sporting parrot feathers, possum pelts and seashell necklaces.The APEC summit of leaders from 21 countries across the region has developed into a tussle for influence between an increasingly assertive China and a more withdrawn US.This appeared to be borne out by the first “family photo” of leaders, which featured Xi front and centre while Pence was absent.But in his speech, Pence lashed out at Chinese largesse in strong terms, mocking the Belt-and-Road initiative that sees China offering loans to poorer countries in the region to improve infrastructure.The vice president urged Pacific nations to embrace the United States, which, he said, did not offer a “constricting belt or a one-way road”.He said the terms of China’s loans were “opaque at best” and “too often, they come with strings attached and lead to staggering debt”.”Do not accept foreign debt that could compromise your sovereignty,” he said.”We don’t drown our partners in a sea of debt… We don’t coerce, corrupt, or compromise your independence. The United States deals openly and fairly.”As if pre-empting the criticism, Xi defended the plan amid attacks it is akin to “chequebook diplomacy” to further Chinese interests in the region.He denied there was a “hidden geopolitical agenda… nor is it a trap as some people have labelled it”.And the Chinese leader warned that no one would gain from heightened tensions between the US and his emerging superpower.”History has shown that confrontation — whether in the form of a cold war, hot war or trade war — will produce no winners,” he said.Pence too stressed that Washington wanted a “better relationship” with Beijing — if it respects its neighbours’ sovereignty, embraced “free, fair and reciprocal trade” and improved its human rights record.Officially, the leaders will discuss improving regional economic cooperation under the theme of “embracing the digital future” but the punchy speeches set the scene for a tense gathering.In the absence of Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the summit itself has been relatively low-key and the focus has turned to the venue Port Moresby.The capital of Papua New Guinea has been ranked as one of the least liveable cities for expatriates, with a high level of crime, often perpetrated by feared street gangs known as “raskols”.Delegates have been advised not to venture out alone — especially after dark — and officials and journalists have been hosted on massive cruise ships moored in the harbour due to safety issues and a dearth of hotel rooms.Nevertheless, in a last-minute change-of-heart, Pence decided to stay overnight in the city rather than fly in and out from Australia as originally planned.advertisementResplendent in shiny red or yellow patterned shirts, the leaders enjoyed a respite from negotiations at a gala dinner before starting the formal talks on Sunday. (AFP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

ESPN “Accidentally” Fired NFL Reporter Adam Schefter Friday

first_imgAdam Schefter on the phone.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Sports Writer Adam Schefter attends the Annual Charity Day Hosted By Cantor Fitzgerald And BGC at the Cantor Fitzgerald Office on September 11, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, who is constantly glued to his cell phone(s), is one of the hardest working people in all of sports, so it’d be one heck of a surprise if the Worldwide Leader decided to terminate him out of the blue. But Friday morning, for whatever reason, ESPN deactivated both his cell phone and his laptop computer, as if he’d been let go by the company. It was eventually reported as “accidental” by a company spokesman.Sources: Someone at ESPN “accidentally” placed @AdamSchefter on the terminated list. Devices have been deactivated. Looking for suspects— Seth Markman (@tunasweasel) August 21, 2015Schefter joked on Twitter that it was actually the second time it’s happened to him.Been through this before. Not any easier to take 2nd time around. Do want to thank all the great people at ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2015IT just told me HR confirmed to them that I have not been fired (whew). Now they need to figure out how to re-activate my Iphones and laptop— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2015The question, obviously, is whether someone did this as a joke intentionally or if it was just a mistake. If it was the former, perhaps someone will be getting fired by ESPN today.last_img read more

Citing SC verdict CEC rules out conducting NRC in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Putting an end to speculations, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday said there is no possibility of conducting the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Bengal till the Supreme Court verdict is out.”Let the Supreme Court come out with a verdict. At the moment it is for Assam. The Supreme court has not given the verdict. I cannot give a verdict and cannot forecast,” he said. Arora is in the city to attend events organised by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and IIM (Calcutta) on Friday and Saturday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be recalled that after getting landslide victory in the general election, BJP leaders in Bengal had said the NRC will be conducted immediately and the infiltrators will be pushed back. The purpose of the NRC, which is being updated in Assam under the Apex Court’s supervision, is to identify bonafide Indian citizens living in the state and weed out illegal migrants. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said over and again in her election speeches as well as while addressing party leaders that the NRC in Bengal will not be allowed. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe matter came to head after the names of 42 lakh people belonging to the Hindu and Muslim communities got deleted from the NRC. The names of the family members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed had been dropped from the list of citizens. As a mark of protest, Banerjee sent party MPs led by Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar in Assam to meet the aggrieved people. However, the Assam government did not allow them to come out of the airport and were sent back. Banerjee had said during her election speeches that the Centre had asked for certain documents that the people find difficult to furnish. “If they ask someone who is above 70 years old to give a copy of the birth certificate, then the person will find it impossible to submit the document as it was not issued during his childhood. On the basis of this, if his name is dropped from the NRC then it is entirely unjustified.” In almost all the election meetings, she had strongly condemned the Centre’s role to conduct the NRC as “it was an attempt to isolate a particular community.” On her instructions, all the Trinamool Congress leaders had spoken against NRC as it was an attempt to scare people. Banerjee had threatened to launch a movement if Centre decides to conduct NRC in Bengal.last_img read more

Cold freezes out New Years Eve plans on Parliament Hill

first_imgOTTAWA – Mother Nature drowned out Canada Day on Parliament Hill and now it’s frozen out part of the planned New Year’s Eve celebrations.Organizers were checking the forecast every hour Friday hoping to see some improvement but the polar vortex that has turned Ottawa into a living icicle shows no sign of lifting until at least January 2.So they’ve cancelled plans for musical entertainment and DJs for the Canada 150 closing events, but will go ahead with fireworks and a laser show scheduled for midnight.“We invite all Canadians and visitors to consider the extreme weather conditions and to dress warmly and prepare accordingly to prevent frostbite and other injuries,” said Canadian Heritage in a statement Friday.Earlier Friday, plans for the bash were in doubt altogether as the department’s website briefly listed everything as being cancelled, but a final decision wasn’t made until mid-morning.Andrew Campbell, the senior executive director in charge of the Canada 150 secretariat, had said earlier that with the current forecast offering up temperatures close to -28 Celsius with 15 km/hour winds, there had been concern that the equipment needed for the fireworks and multimedia light show might not work.Hip hop artist Kardinal Offishall was among the artists scheduled to perform Sunday night on Parliament Hill. News on social media that the party might be cancelled prompted him to post his displeasure.“Noooooooooo!!!,” read a message on his official Twitter account. “Damn you frigid temperatures!!!!”The weather has already forced the cancellation of youth hockey games on the Parliament Hill Canada 150 skating rink but Campbell said public skating continues.Members of the public will be able to skate on the rink right up until midnight on New Year’s Eve.last_img read more

US stocks move broadly higher Dow jumps 200 points

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks headed broadly higher in early trading Tuesday on Wall Street after comments from Mexico’s foreign minister injected some optimism into a developing trade dispute.Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico can likely make a deal with the U.S. when officials meet on Wednesday and stave off U.S. plans to place 5% tariffs on Mexican goods. President Donald Trump plans on imposing the tariffs beginning June 10 as part of a broader immigration dispute with Mexico.The threat of a trade battle with Mexico comes with investors already worried about an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. Investors spent May fleeing to safer holdings, sending the market to its first monthly loss of the year.Strong gains by technology stocks Tuesday led the broader market higher and marked a sharp turnaround for the sector. On Monday, technology companies slumped over concerns that several internet companies could face more scrutiny from antitrust regulators.Chipmakers were all broadly higher. Micron rose 2.9% and Texas Instruments rose 2.2%. Other technology companies rallied. Microsoft rose 1.3% and Apple rose 1.2%.Facebook held back gains for internet and communications companies. The stock fell 1.2% after a top European Union legal adviser said that social media networks could be ordered to take down anywhere in the world any text, photo or other media ruled to be defamatory by a court.Banks also posted gains as lower bond prices pushed yields on the 10-year Treasury higher. Banks benefit from higher yields because they can charge more interest on loans. Bank of America rose 2.3% and Citigroup rose 2.4%.Utilities lagged the market in another sign that investors were shifting funds away from safe-play holdings and into riskier, but potentially more profitable investments.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.8% as of 10:10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 229 points, or 0.9%, to 25,049. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 0.9%.OVERSEAS: European stocks rose broadly following a report that the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in more than a decade in the 19 countries that use the euro. Germany’s DAX jumped 1.2% and the CAC 40 in France rose 0.4%.BOXED IN: Online storage provider Box fell 11.1% after giving investors a weak revenue forecast for the year. The company cited a shift to longer sales cycles. The company also said it is “no longer prudent” to give a timeframe for reaching a $1 billion revenue milestone.LINGERING LUSTER: Luxury jeweler Tiffany rose 3% after beating Wall Street’s profit forecasts for the first quarter. Investors focused on the solid profit figures amid a very mixed report.A key figure measuring sales at established stores fell short of forecasts and Tiffany warned that higher costs from tariffs could cut into its profit.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Extra blue helmets will aid political efforts to bring peace to DR

26 November 2008The additional blue helmets that will be deployed to help quell the violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will create space for political and diplomatic peace efforts to press ahead, the top United Nations envoy to the vast African nation said today as he stressed the fragility of the situation. Last week, the Security Council approved a temporary increase of more than 3,000 troops to augment the 17,000 uniformed personnel already serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC.Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the mission, told reporters today after briefing the Council today that discussions are already under way with potential troop and police-contributing nations.“Above all, we want to stabilize the situation in order that the political and diplomatic processes can go forward,” he said. “I don’t think the solution to the problems of the Congo and the eastern DRC lie exclusively in military force.”Former Nigerian president and the Secretary-General’s envoy Olusegun Obasanjo has wrapped up his first phase of talks with regional leaders, including DRC President Joseph Kabila and renegade general Laurent Nkunda, who heads the rebel militia known as the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP).Mr. Obasanjo, in New York this week to consult with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will return to the region on Friday to resume his diplomatic efforts, which will also address the ongoing problem of the presence of Rwandan armed groups.But Mr. Doss warned the Council in today’s open meeting that it will take “a couple of months” before the extra forces authorized by the 15-member body are on the ground, and reiterated his call for a multinational force as a “bridging measure” until MONUC is reinforced.“We should also be mindful that MONUC’s presence should not replace the national authority and security forces in their responsibility to protect civilians and protect the territory of the DRC,” the Representative added.Escalating conflict between Government forces (FARDC) and the CNDP has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people in the past three months, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda. Other armed groups, including the Mayi Mayi, have also been involved in deadly clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines.The escalating violence has had a “profound impact” on MONUC, Mr. Doss noted, adding that the “already overstretched” mission has had to assume responsibility for the protection of civilians in North Kivu and aid in the delivery of humanitarian assistance.He briefed the Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on MONUC, which recommends extending its mandate until next December.In a related development, the mission today reported that humanitarian access to internally displaced persons (IDPs) has improved, with relief workers having reached nearly 100,000 people in Kiwanja and Rutshuru in the past two weeks. They have also been able to distribute school kits to children, drinking water and firewood.But aid workers expressed their concerns over the recurrent emergence of cholera, with 1,000 cases having been reported since last October.Meanwhile, a 16-day campaign backed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has kicked off to raise awareness of how to tackled gender-based violence in the DRC.The initiative will wrap up on 10 December and will feature various countrywide events as well as a sensitization drive. read more

Fisheries industry to be modernised with lifting of ban

The European Commission yesterday formally lifted the ban on fisheries products from Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister said that the fishermen must now begin exporting fisheries products to EU countries. The fisheries industry is to be modernised with the formal lifting of the ban by the European Union on fisheries products from Sri Lanka.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Norwegian assistance has been sought to modernise the fisheries industry. Sri Lanka has subsequently amended its legal framework, strengthened sanctions and improved its fleet control. (Colombo Gazette) In April the European Commission said that after a lengthy dialogue process Sri Lanka has successfully reformed its fisheries governance system.Sri Lanka was issued with a yellow card in 2012 and listed by the Council in February 2015. This was the result of a long standing failure to address serious shortcomings in the implementation of control measures, a lack of deterrent sanctions, as well as the failure to comply with international and regional fisheries rules. The Prime Minister appreciated the role played by the Foreign Ministry, Fisheries Ministry and others to lift the ban on fisheries products from Sri Lanka to the EU. read more

Steps under way to create truth commission in East Timor UN mission

A spokesperson for the panel said the group would be spending the next month consulting with communities throughout East Timor on who should be nominated to sit on the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation. “We want to promote the democratic process and give the people of East Timor the right to choose who is suitable to be a Commission member,” Cecílio Caminha Freitas said at a press conference held in the capital, Dili.The panel, which is soliciting nominations for 5 to 7 national commission posts and 25 to 30 district commission posts, is scheduled to visit each of East Timor’s 13 districts before the 31 October nomination deadline.UNTAET’s Project Coordinator for the Commission, Pat Walsh, today reiterated that the panel was holding one position vacant for a pro-autonomy representative. “Our invitation remains open and we very much hope [a pro-autonomy supporter] will join the panel and assist in the process of reconciliation,” the Coordinator said. Pro-autonomy groups have so far declined to fill a position, deferring a decision until they have had more time to confer with their supporters.The Commission will ultimately establish a truth-seeking function inquiring into the pattern of human rights violations committed within the context of the political conflicts in East Timor between 1974 and 1999, and create a community reconciliation body to facilitate agreements between local communities and the perpetrators of non-serious crimes and non-criminal acts committed over the same period.In another development, UNTAET reported today that the Special Panel for Serious Crimes in Dili had convicted former militia member Augusto Asameta Tavares to 16 years imprisonment for the murder of a pro-independence supporter in Mailiana district following the Popular Consultation of 1999. The accused, who was sentenced on Friday, is the eleventh person convicted by the Panel. read more

Haiti UN peacekeeper Red Cross workers wounded in shooting

A United Nation peacekeeper, two Haitian Red Cross volunteers and another Haitian civilian were wounded – one severely – when unknown gunmen opened fire on the group in front of a hospital in Cité Soleil, a troubled suburb of the capital Port-au-Prince. According to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), its peacekeepers had benn conducting a reconnaissance mission at Chapi hospital. The four injured yesterday were evacuated to the Argentinean hospital in Port-au-Prince where they are currently being treated. “Our thoughts are with those who were injured during this unwarranted act,” said General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, MINUSTAH Military Force Commander. “The targeting of hospitals and Red Cross workers is a savage act and clearly demonstrates the mentality of those who wish to threaten the stability and security of Haitian people,” he added.In a press release, a MINUSTAH spokesperson said that the mission maintained a zero tolerance policy against armed groups and remained committed to ensuring a stable and secure environment for the people of Haiti. read more

Vancouver mayor pushes BC to tax empty homes or he will act

Vancouver mayor pushes B.C. to tax empty homes or he will act alone by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2016 4:25 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Vancouver’s mayor says he’s prepared to go it alone if the British Columbia government doesn’t help boost the city’s near-zero vacancy rate by establishing a tax on empty homes as leverage against property investors.Gregor Robertson announced Wednesday that he wants to give the province a deadline of Aug. 1 to join the city on a vacancy tax.“The city will take action on taxing empty homes, with or without the help of the B.C. government,” Robertson said ahead of a session next week when council will consider a report on taxing options.He said Vancouver faces an “urgent” affordability crisis and a rental vacancy of 0.6 per cent.The city’s predicament could be partially alleviated by taxing owners of about 10,800 empty homes that were bought as investments in the city’s skyrocketing market, Robertson said.“If we can get several thousand (units) on to the rental market in the near term, that’s an enormous new supply that typically would take many years to build.”Robertson said if the province doesn’t come on board, the city will establish its own business tax on empty homes. The city can do so under the Vancouver Charter, legislation that incorporates the city and grants it greater powers than other communities under the B.C. Municipalities Act.Under the preferred route with the province, however, a joint levy would be administered as a new “residential vacant” property class through B.C. Assessment, the organization responsible for property assessments throughout the province.The B.C. government has already collected large quantities of data on primary residences and rental income through the Homeowner Grant and income tax collection processes, Robertson said.“We need action taken urgently to deal with this. I believe the province recognizes there is a great need,” Robertson said. “It’s frustrating there has been no action to date from either the provincial or the federal government.”Hours after Robertson’s news conference, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said he’s making arrangements to meet with the mayor on Monday to further discuss the suggestion he called thoughtful.“There’s a genuine concern on the part of all of us about the rental vacancy rate and the difficulties people are having locating rental accommodation, certainly in Vancouver,” de Jong said in an emailed statement.If the deadline passes without the province making a commitment, Robertson wants the city to charge the new business tax and divert the funds toward other affordable housing initiatives.Thomas Davidoff, a housing economist at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, called Robertson’s proposal a “half-measure.”“(It’s) a step in the right direction, but probably hard to implement and not a broad enough base,” he said.He expressed frustration that the city didn’t consider a plan released last January by dozens of academics from the University of B.C. and Simon Fraser University to counter the steep housing market.It calls for a 1.5 per cent property tax surcharge on homebuyers who don’t live in the province and have limited participation in the Canadian economy.Raymond Louie, vice-chairman of the Metro Vancouver Regional District, said the board has not taken a position on the matter of taxing empty homes.“But I know through discussions with many mayors and councillors that housing affordability is a major concern within the region,” he said in an email.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said the benchmark price in May for detached houses increased to more than $1.5 million, a jump of nearly 37 per cent jump from a year earlier.— Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter read more

COACH AND DIRECTOR UNTIL 2020 Tamse and Planteu stay in Celje

← Previous Story Eight nominees for HANDBALL PERSON 2016/2017 Next Story → RK Vardar Skopje or RK PPD Zagreb first finalists of SEHA GAZPROM Final4? The best team of Slovenia, RK Celje Pivovarna Laško, announced new deals with coach Branko Tamse and club’s director Gregor Planteu. The two leading persons of the sports part of the EHF Champions League winners 2004 extended their contracts until 2020.Branko Tamse came to the club in december 2013. He made convincing series of results in domestic stage, but also gave chance to some young Slovenian stars like Blaz Janc, Miha Zarabec, etc… read more

Stormwatch Eircom and ESB work to return services to 16000 customers

first_imgPHOTOS: Cork kayakers refuse to let floods dampen their night outWatch: Timelapse captures the rise of last night’s severe floodingToday: Taoiseach accused of having a ‘King Cnut’ response to the floods EIRCOM HAS DEPLOYED 700 crews to fix about 10,000 faults to its network around the country.Although they are restoring service to 2,000 homes each day, the company warned that another 10,000 faults could be seen in the coming days due to “further predicted bad weather”.In a statement this afternoon, a spokesperson said that both broadband and telephone services have been impacted.The majority of the damage was caused by wind to the overheard network. Falling trees taking down overhead telephone lines has been a particular problem.“Our underground network is holding up well and we are not currently experiencing significant flood damage,” continued the statement.All available staff have been diverted to repair teams across the country to restore service to customers as quickly as possible. We currently have 700 crews working nationwide.“We would like to reassure all of our customers who are currently experiencing a disruption to their telephone and broadband service that we are working as quickly as possible to repair all outstanding faults.”The worst impacted areas are in Cork, Kerry, Galway, Mayo, Tipperary, Wexford and Limerick.Meanwhile, ESB Networks says its crews are out fixing 6,000 faults. Homes and businesses in the southwest, around Cork, are the worst affected, according to a spokesperson.She told that crews expect to have power returned to all customers today but warned that the “weather is not in their favour”.“More faults are occurring as they fix them,” she concluded.last_img read more

Sony Xperia Mint leaked and reviewed

first_imgSony’s preparing to add another member to its Android smartphone family. This time around it’s the Xperia Mint, which ships with the same 1.5GHz dual-core Arm A-15 Qualcomm S4 processor as the U.S. HTC One X. A prototype unit has wound up in the hands of one reviewer who’s shared some insight into the rest of the hardware — as well as benchmark results and some initial impressions.As you’d expect, the S4 chip provides plenty of horsepower and burns through tests with aplomb. It’s got more than enough muscle to push just over 60 frames per second in Nenamark 2 on the Mint’s 1280 x 720 display. The Mint’s battery proved capable, too, providing runtime that was on par with that of the One X. As they have with other recent launches, the Mint is also shipping with Android 4.0 pre-installed — so this time around the waiting game will be for the bump to Jelly Bean and the super-smooth Butter experience.What else does the Xperia Mint have to offer? There’s the requisite 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support, a 13MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, and microSD expansion. That last one also happens to be tied to one of the Mint’s shortcomings, as it’s hidden behind a door that doesn’t quite line up with the rest of the phone (the SIM card slot is located here as well). The Mint also doesn’t have a removable back, so it looks like changing your own battery is out unless you want to void the warranty. Since this is reported to be a prototype, however, it’s possible that both will change before Sony starts turning out production units.The Xperia Mint next to the Samsung Galaxy S3Sony also generally gets good marks for the HD displays on its smartphones, but this time around it’s a different story. The Mint’s viewing angles were poor and its color reproduction left a lot to be desired. Again, that could all be down to this being a prototype, so we’ll have to wait for its official launch before passing judgement.Read more at Mobile Reviewlast_img read more

Get Every Super Smash Bros Ultimate Amiibo… In Japan

first_img When Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boasts that “Everyone Is Here,” the game isn’t just talking about the fact that the 74 characters represent every Smash Brother in history and then some. It’s also laying down the gauntlet for collectors of amiibo, Nintendo’s enduring toys-to-life #brand. The game might as well be saying, “We have every character, but do you?” And if you don’t, soon you can, at least on Amazon Japan where Nintendo announced this massive 63-figurine boxset.Amiibo first debuted with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. And the functionality remains similar in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Scan amiibo into your Nintendo Switch and train them as AI “Figure Players.” They can even take advantage of the new Spirit power-ups. But really amiibo are more dope figures to display that happen to do some things in video games, not the other way around. And this collection, of which only 50 will be made, gives you plenty of dope figures to display.We don’t know the price yet (multiplying standard amiibo prices by the number of figures puts it almost at a thousand dollars). But we do know the set includes every Super Smash Bros. amiibo that will available when the game launches on December 7. You’ll get Mario and Link and Pikachu and Donkey Kong. You’ll get Ryu and Cloud and Bayonetta and Sonic. You’ll even get newcomers Inkling and Ridley and King K. Rool and Piranha Plant, although that last fighter isn’t arriving until next February as DLC. The trophies even come in a snazzy case with a special poster.One of the coolest parts of being a Nintendo fan in New York City is going to the Nintendo NYC store. Among its attractions is a glass case featuring every single amiibo. This boxset, if it ever leaves Japan, won’t have as many toys as that. But it is a healthy start. For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate check out our recent hands-on impressions of its single-player modes. And for more on amiibo, read about how it’s the last toys-to-life #brand still standing.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… last_img read more

Lyft aims to make rides safer with 911 panic button in the

first_img 0 Mobile Tech Industry Roadshow More than 120 Uber, Lyft drivers said to have sexually assaulted riders Uber brings app safety features to more drivers and riders San Francisco warns Uber, Lyft riders to get in the right car Lyft’s new features are aimed at this same idea of getting riders to check their driver’s license plate. And, if something goes wrong, they’ll be able to contact the authorities quickly with the 911 panic button. Lyft announced last month that it’d also run background checks on its drivers on a yearly basis.Uber rolled out similar safety features over the past year, including an in-app emergency 911 button and annual background checks on its drivers. People using Uber’s service can also anonymize their pickup and drop-off locations so drivers won’t be able to keep exact trip location information after the fact. Post a comment Share your voice Related stories See how small the driver’s license plate number is in Lyft’s app? The ride-hailing service is now making that image bigger. Lyft Lyft announced new features for its app on Tuesday aimed at improving passenger safety. Along with a button in the app that lets riders dial 911, the ride-hailing company is making the image of drivers’ license plates bigger.”Lyft is relentlessly focused on finding new ways to further strengthen safety measures on our platform,” Mary Winfield, Lyft’s head of trust and safety, said in a blog post.The move comes after scores of assaults, kidnappings and rapes have allegedly been perpetrated by Lyft and Uber drivers. A report by CNN last year found more than 120 Uber and Lyft drivers reportedly sexually assaulted their passengers. And a handful of states — including California, Colorado, Massachusetts and Texas — have previously launched investigations into Uber and Lyft, alleging they routinely fail to screen drivers adequately and have hired drivers with criminal histories.People posing as drivers is also an issue. Just last month a student from the University of South Carolina was allegedly murdered by a man who said he was her Uber driver. And in San Francisco, Orlando Vilchez Lazo — a man labeled the “rideshare rapist” — was accused of sexually assaulting four women in separate incidents. Lazo was a Lyft driver, but because of ongoing litigation, it’s unclear if he was posing as a driver during these incidents or using the app.San Francisco launched a public awareness campaign in September called “Rideshare with Care” urging passengers to verify the license plate of their Uber or Lyft ride before getting in.  Lyft Uber Tags CNET Apps Todaylast_img read more

Trophy marks new era for citizen science in the classroom

first_imgBy Egle Marija Ramanauskaite, Citizen Science Coordinator at EyesOnALZDecember 21st, 2017, just might enter the history books as the first day a citizen science trophy was ever awarded to a school. The trophy, bestowed to 250 students for contributing to Alzheimer’s research, is now proudly displayed next to sports trophies & special achievement awards at a middle school in Boise, ID.The world’s first citizen science trophy, awarded to Lake Hazel Middle School students in December 2017, prominently displayed in the school’s trophy case. The trophy was custom built at Technarium hackerspace and is open source. Photos by Vi.Zo, Human Computation Institute and Erin Davis, Lake Hazel Middle School (CC BY-NC SA 4.0).But the story really begins back in May, 2017. By a happy coincidence, Erin Davis, a technology teacher at Lake Hazel Middle School in Boise, Idaho, saw the first episode of a public television mini-series about citizen science, called The Crowd & The Cloud. Episode 1 featured Stall Catchers, a citizen science game by the EyesOnALZ project that is speeding up Alzheimer’s research.As it happens, the game was launching its first team competition to #CrushALZ, and, knowing how competitive her students are, Davis immediately signed up. “It fit right into several of the current lesson curricula in my classes,” she said. “I organized a team, challenged my computer students to design the logo, and did a quick tutorial in my class after we finished the daily assignment. It spread from there!”Starting with 116 students, their team, “Middle School STEM,” grew to a staggering 250 members by the end of the month, and finally triumphed over other Stall Catchers teams from around the world.“I could see them playing before school, during breaks, at lunch, after school, and so on,” Davis said. “Several of them have sent me emails showing off their high scores and leaderboard standings.”Ms. Erin Davis and her students accepting the Stall Catchers trophy. The event was covered by a local TV station, KIVI-TV (ABC).In four short weeks, along with other participating teams, “Middle School STEM” helped achieve up to the equivalent of 8 months of research. Amassing this quantity of work in such a short time simply would not be possible without the help of citizen scientists. To honor the students and their teachers for this amazing achievement, the EyesOnALZ team at the Human Computation Institute has just awarded the team with the first ever “citizen science” trophy.Institute director Dr. Pietro Michelucci traveled to Boise to award the trophy in person during a schoolwide assembly. In his award speech Dr. Michelucci emphasized “the historic significance of coming together, not just as a classroom, but as a school-wide team to demonstrate the collective cognitive power of middle school students.”“The 250 students at Lake Hazel Middle School, who continue to play Stall Catchers today, have effectively mainstreamed citizen science, showing that anyone and everyone can make a difference in the world today through direct scientific engagement,” Dr. Michelucci said.Dr. Michelucci and his team hope this Citizen Science trophy will begin a culture of rewarding volunteer science achievements at schools everywhere. In fact, holders of the first ever citizen science trophy are already thinking about organizing a competition just for schools in Stall Catchers, and establishing a Citizen Science Club at their school.Looking for ways to get your classroom involved in citizen science? Check out the SciStarter’s Project Finder! Here you can find activities in the “at school” category; filter by indoor/outdoor, topic, location and more.last_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more September 29, 2009 – Worldwide sales of cancer drugs are forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 12-15 percent from 2008, reaching US$75-80 billion by 2012. That would represent almost double the projected growth rate for the pharmaceutical market as a whole over the same period, says 2009 Research and Markets in its “Launching Next Generation Oncology Products: Evolving Strategies in a Payor’s Market” report. The emergence of a new wave of oncology products has been one of the most dramatic trends in the pharmaceutical market over the last decade. Both large and small companies are making unprecedented investments in oncology R&D, in an effort to emulate the success of new targeted therapies such as Herceptin, Avastin, Glivec, Nexavar and Erbitux.Underpinning that success have been real improvements in therapeutic options for a range of cancers, including marked survival increments in areas of poor prognosis, such as kidney cancer (e.g., Sutent); more effective therapies, tailored to genetically defined subgroups, for widespread malignancies (Herceptin for breast cancer); and innovations that have transformed fatal into chronic diseases (Glivec for chronic myeloid leukaemia).At the same time, success has come at a price. Not is the oncology marketplace getting more crowded, raising the bar for differentiation in a category in which many products are focusing on the same disease mechanisms, but the premium prices charged for newer therapies are stretching healthcare budgets. Increasingly cancer drugs are losing the special status that once guaranteed uptake at any cost and are coming under the same cost-effectiveness scrutiny as other components of healthcare.In today’s payer’s market, oncology companies are being forced to re-assess their strategies and build a compelling value equation for their products that will meet the needs of a whole range of stakeholders, each with their own agenda. And they must do this while finding a way to recoup R&D costs from niche products without the patient volumes that have driven blockbuster brands in the past. Another key finding by the research group is that growth in oncology is expected to slow over the next five years, with a diminishing contribution from the existing top oncology markets – the US, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain. These countries accounted for 71 percent of oncology product sales worldwide in 2007. 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